News Update

Wednesday 1st January, 2014

CFM’s New Year update

Peter writes: How nice, to have the opportunity to wind down and relax a little after a busy, but wonderfully blessed, period of ministry. The trips to Poland, Romania, the Football Mission and Israel in the last three months, was followed by yet another visit to Poland during the week immediately before Christmas. This was in connection with ‘Operation Christmas Child,’ run by Samaritan’s Purse, and better known to many as the ‘Shoebox’ appeal. I made some calculations and estimate that I was able to share the Gospel message with over 1,000 children together with their families. This was my first ever connection with Samaritan’s Purse and I have to say what a wonderful program it is for reaching needy families, many of whom have no previous connection with the church.

With at least eleven meetings in seven days and four different towns it was a fairly busy programme. However, I was provided with two very accomplished translators, sisters, Marta & Ania. Working with fellowships belonging to the Church of the Free Christians I was able to renew fellowship with friends I have worked with previously and also to make many new friends, particularly in the church in Chorzow, who looked after me very well and left me with an invitation reading, ‘Looking forward to your second coming!’

 I was so grateful for all those who I knew were faithfully praying for me. As I have stated many times, when I see God’s blessing in my ministry I am reminded that I only do the sowing, God does the growing! So thankful to get home at 11pm on 23rd after the plane rock and rolled its way down to the runway in Birmingham together with many other flights diverted from Gatwick & Heathrow etc. We then left at 9 the following morning for Anita’s to celebrate Christmas after we had attended the 6.30 morning prayer meeting!

 

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Pictures of Peter with Magic Trick, some happy kids! plus Ania & Marta

 January & February will be spent in preparation, Police Chaplaincy work, some weekend preaching engagements and a few days away at the beginning of February to celebrate my birthday.

 

Travelling to Romania

Thursday 8th August, 2013

I had a good time visiting Romania with my dear friend Pastor Daniel Bara. My visit enabled me to meet a lot of lovely Christians and have the opportunity to have spiritual and practical input into their lives.

 

On the Sunday morning I had the privilege of speaking at the Golgota Constanta Baptist Church. One Christian worker who was praying about an important move in his ministry and that my message was the confirmation for him. In the afternoon I had the fascinating experience of speaking in the open air to a mixed adult & childrens’ group in the Roma / Gypsy area. In the middle of this meeting the luggage which had been delayed by Lufthansa eventually caught up with us! In the evening I spoke at the Arka church which appeals to quite a large group of young people.

 

On subsequent days I was able to meet with Ben Wells, Assistant Director of the Nightingales Project helping kids liable to be trafficked in the sex trade. He is doing a great work and I hope to have more contact in the future forging links with Police and other organisations involved here in the West Midlands. Other engagemenst included meeting with Christian leaders to explore future cooperation with schools, police etc via the Alfred project; Speaking to a meeting for Pastors on Relevant Methods of Evangelism in Post Modern World and a Training Seminar for Christian workers on Evangelistic outreach.

 

Please pray for future visits to Romania next year, particularly forging links with the Romanian Christian Police Association.

Police puppet Alfred proves he’s no dummy!

Thursday 8th August, 2013

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VENTRILOQUISM may be more Music Hall than School Hall − but West Midlands Police has found the ideal voice to deliver lessons in safety and well-being to pupils in the form of Police Chaplain and part-time puppeteer Peter Green, alongside sidekick ‘Alfred’.

 

And Alfred is certainly no dummy! Because whilst the thought of performing before bustling classes of 5 to 11-year-olds may render some speechless, Alfred relishes the chance to lead assemblies that explore some of the most delicate police issues. Abuse, racism, bullying, ‘stranger danger’ and drugs are just some of the topics the duo has discussed with their young audiences. And though Alfred & Peter may struggle to score four yeses on the Britain’s Got Talent stage, pupils are united in acclaiming “we don’t like it…we love it”!

 

But last week they rolled back the years with a personal appearance at Parkfield School, Alum Rock, and an assembly on racism. Head teacher Hazel Pulley, said: “We find the talks delivered by Peter really resonate with the pupils…puppets bring the subjects to life in a child-friendly way and they seem to remember the messages long after Alfred has left the building! It’s a great way of discussing important, difficult subjects with youngsters.”

 

Peter & Alfred’s 10th and latest programme focuses on child safety around dogs and saw the duo film not only at West Midlands Police’s dog training centre in Solihull but also with dog handlers in Poland! That’s because, bizarrely, Alfred became a big hit on children’s television in Poland and appeared regularly on Pomerania TV, a regional station covering a large area of the country.